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Feb. 8 2008 0470101636 978-0470101636 2
Updated and expanded, the classic guide to GC/MS helps chromatographers quickly learn to use this technique for analyzing and identifying compounds. After explaining the fundamentals, it discusses optimizing, tuning, using, and maintaining GC/MS equipment; explores advances in miniaturized and field-portable GC/MS systems and microfluidic components; and more. Complete with a CD-ROM, it covers applications in the environmental laboratory and in forensics, toxicology, and space science. This is the premier resource for professionals in those fields and for students.

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Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a highly popular analytical system used by organic chemists and analytical chemists in research and in professional analytical labs, including environmental labs. It is used to separate, identify, and quantify individual compounds and substances. Chromatography was used to identify the ingredients of the World Trade Center bomb and was one the main reasons for the quick arrest of the suspects. This book provides information on using, maintaining, and troubleshooting analytical instrument systems in operations laboratories. It contains practical tips based on actual experience, and only enough theory to show the operational variables and how to control them. Readers will gain an understanding of the components in their systems and get them up and running more rapidly. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The classic guide to GC/MS—now expanded and updated

The combination of gas liquid chromatography (GC) for separation and mass spectrometry (MS) for detection and identification of the components of a mixtureof compounds is rapidly becoming the definitive analytical tool in research and commercial analytical laboratories. GC/MS: A Practical User's Guide, Second Editionis a concise primer for the novice chromatographer who needs to get up to speed on using this technique to analyze and identify compounds for various applications. After chapters that explain the essential principles, this authoritative guide:

  • Discusses the practical aspects of optimizing, tuning, using, and maintaining GC/MS equipment

  • Explores recent advances in miniaturized and field-portable GC/MS systems and microfluidic components

  • Covers applications in the environmental laboratory and in forensics, toxicology, and space science

  • Features information on using spectral databases for identifying compounds

  • Includes a CD-ROM with a PowerPoint® slide set, FAQs, tables, and a glossary

This is the reliable, hands-on resource on GC/MS for organic, analytical, clinical, environmental, and forensic chemists in all types of laboratories, as well as for students in these specialties.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to GC-MS Jan. 1 2002
Format:Hardcover
GC/MS should be helpful to the novice or student who has never used GC-MS before and who has had minimal experience with GC. It is a little disappointing that about 20% of the text covers material about GC that any experienced GC user should already know.
The book contains an easy to understand explanation about how a mass spectrometer works. Some additional details or diagrams could have clarified the description of how the DC/RF field separates the mass fragments in the quadrupole analyzer; but otherwise the text is crystal clear. Information about tuning and maintaining the mass spectrometer is well presented and the authors provide some helpful suggestions including a way to tell during the tuning process that the source needs cleaning. More information about spectral interpretation would have been appreciated but is probably outside the scope of the book.
This book belongs on the library shelves of colleges with undergraduate chemistry programs and would be helpful in industrial and environmental laboratories as an introduction for chemists and technicians new to the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic list of tips for a GC/MS user Feb. 12 2000
Format:Hardcover
The book may be considered difficult for a starting user. I have been working with GC/MS for 10 years and the coments and all explanations inside are really and absolutely useful. Unfortunately I had not such a book when I was starting to deal with this technique.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to GC-MS Jan. 1 2002
By R. Bowblis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
GC/MS should be helpful to the novice or student who has never used GC-MS before and who has had minimal experience with GC. It is a little disappointing that about 20% of the text covers material about GC that any experienced GC user should already know.
The book contains an easy to understand explanation about how a mass spectrometer works. Some additional details or diagrams could have clarified the description of how the DC/RF field separates the mass fragments in the quadrupole analyzer; but otherwise the text is crystal clear. Information about tuning and maintaining the mass spectrometer is well presented and the authors provide some helpful suggestions including a way to tell during the tuning process that the source needs cleaning. More information about spectral interpretation would have been appreciated but is probably outside the scope of the book.
This book belongs on the library shelves of colleges with undergraduate chemistry programs and would be helpful in industrial and environmental laboratories as an introduction for chemists and technicians new to the field.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and incorrect - avoid Dec 4 2008
By K. D. D'silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For a book that has been through a number of revisions over several years one would expect accuracy, credibility and efficacy. Sadly this book fails on every count. It starts by listing the masses of simple molecules incorrectly (O2 = 34) and continues with poorly drawn diagrams and overly wordy explanation. I can find little up to date in this 'new' release, it really is just a poor rehash of dated material.

As an experienced mass spectrometrist I hoped this book word serve as a nice introduction to the field of GC/MS for new staff. Sadly it was received by new colleagues as dated and with little credibility.

Save yourself $60 and try Wikipedia instead.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic list of tips for a GC/MS user Feb. 12 2000
By Eduardo Trindade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book may be considered difficult for a starting user. I have been working with GC/MS for 10 years and the coments and all explanations inside are really and absolutely useful. Unfortunately I had not such a book when I was starting to deal with this technique.
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